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I started running 2 weeks ago and love it, but my 40-something knees don’t. I may need to find something lower impact.

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TIL: the original version of the Serenity Prayer was very different, and much stronger! the modern version that everyone knows goes

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference"

but the original version, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, is

"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other"

three key changes weakened it substantially:

* us -> me
* what *must* be altered -> what i *can* change
* switching the first two clauses, placing the emphasis on serene acceptance rather than reforming courage

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politics, facebook 

*Facial recognition is used to wrongly arrest at least three Black people*

Facebook: Just needs tweaked a little

*Facial recognition is used to put Uyghurs in concentration camps*

Facebook: We can't be responsible for what people do with it

*Facial recognition is used to track down and convict J6 insurrectionists*


NJ's ballot tracking site shows my mail ballot was received. :ivoted:

As the kids were trick-or-treating, the skies opened up. We weren't expecting rain, and we scrambled to find a tree for shelter. But then the rain passed and we saw this...

Jamelle Bouie: “Democracy requires empathy. We have to be able to see ourselves in one another to be able to see one another as political equals. I think history education is one important way to build that empathy. To understand the experiences of a person in a fundamentally different time and place is to practice the skills you need to see your fellow citizens as equal people even when their lives are profoundly different and distant from your own.”

As tonight's storms roll in, I’m glad I cleaned out the gutters this afternoon!

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Instance server upgraded to 7.0. Pretty smooth this time.

US politics, sophistry 

Clinton’s Gallup approval averaged in the high 50’s all through fall 1996. An incumbent with those numbers just isn’t going to lose, no matter how likable the other candidate is.

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US politics, sophistry 

Where does Stephens come up with this stuff?

I remember the 1996 election, because it was the first one I voted in. Powell, for all his high favorability, would have been crushed, just like Bob Dole was. Bill Clinton was a popular incumbent riding an economic boom.

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There is so much value in a vivid illustration. I still remember how my high school biology textbook beginning a chapter on cellular respiration. If you wanted to get to the store, and you had a car with a full tank of gas, it said, you could drop a lit match into the gas tank. Perhaps some pieces of the car—and you!—might even make it to the store. But this is not the best way to use the energy at your disposal, and so it is worth exploring how energy is transformed, stored, and used.

xenophobia, graphic descriptions of historical violence 

I can picture the section of railroad where this happened. It’s chilling. And as with so many injustices, the world just moves on.

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